Jacoby Brissett, QB/WR, North Carolina State – 2016

Patriots, Round 3. Transferred from Florida to North Carolina State in 2013.

Postseason Events: Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

Positives: Was a redshirt senior, so he doesn’t lack experience. Very good height and bulk for the position – built like an H-back. Above-average hand size. Shows good escapability in the pocket and is hard to bring down. Adequate overall lower-body explosiveness in Combine drills. Usually knows when to throw the ball away under pressure. Willing to check down when no one else is open. Keeps his eyes downfield on the run. Very athletic and also caught a nice pass 2014 bowl game. Above-average hands and can extend to easily bring in passes. Pretty elusive and difficult to get a hold of. Runs with above-average power and balance and will fall forward for extra yards after contact. He runs with adequate game speed, and above-average for his size and position As a runner, he knows when to get out of bounds to stop the clock.

Negatives: Below-average accuracy on timing patterns over the middle and on deep passes. Generally poor accuracy outside the pocket, and it suffers a lot when he doesn’t set his feet. Will sometimes lock onto receivers and miss opportunities over the middle. Will float screen passes too long. Often throws the ball up for grabs under pressure. Underthrows deep down the middle of the field. Very late recognition of open receivers. He has generally sloppy footwork and slow feet on his dropback. Has a hard time sensing the rush up the middle. His eyes drop at times under pressure, and he will also hold the ball too long – trying to get rid of the ball at the last second. Though he seemed to run with adequate speed during games, his track speed during the Combine was below average for the position, and he was slow off the line. Below-average vertical leap for the position. Below-average ability to change directions with burst in Combine drills.

Pre-Draft Projection: Undrafted free agent. His positives are more on the athletic side than on the passing side, and I don’t see an NFL future for him at quarterback. His athleticism and demonstrated (though minor) abilities as a receiver might make him an attractive practice squad and developmental player.

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